Protection or provocation? Police control of Muslim immigrants in combating terrorism
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Counter-terrorism efforts have considerable bearing on the relationship between Muslim immigrants and law enforcement. As frontline law enforcers, the police are responsible for securing community support and acting as first responders to criminal activity. Following September 11, many laws have aggressively targeted Muslim immigrants under the belief they pose the largest security threat. Such outcomes threaten to increase targeted police responses, traditional police approaches, marginalization, legal and human rights violations and decrease preventive measures, community policing, and ultimately erode police legitimacy. This paper explores current counter-terrorist efforts and how such responses display spillover effects that impact all Muslims. It is argued that, in some instances, these responses are counterproductive and increase the likelihood of terrorist activity. An assessment of more fruitful policing strategies will be provided.